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Jan. 4, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling All-American Dylan Alton (Mill, Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 5 nationally 157, went 4-0 at the Franklin and Marshall Open today and placed second, withdrawing as planned after wrestling in four bouts. Sophomore Rex Lutz (Easton, Pa.) led Penn State in wins at the open tournament, taking third at 174.
Dylan rolled to four wins, including a major and a shut-out in the semifinals before withdrawing from the event as a precaution as planned. The Lion is now 6-0 on the year. Dylan's twin brother Andrew Alton (Mill Hall, Pa.), ranked No. 7 at 149, made the trip but an illness as the event began kept the Lion from competing. The juniors are continuing their planned schedules following off-season surgeries as Penn State preps for its next dual on Jan. 12.
Sophomore Rex Lutz (Easton, Pa.) went 7-1 at 174 to place third. The Easton native reeled off seven straight wins after a first round loss. His run included three pins, including one over Tyler Askey of Virginia in the third place bout (2:54).
Sophomores Dylan Dailey (Danville, Pa.) competed at 184 and Josh Rogers (Pottstown, Pa.) competed at 197. Red-shirt freshman Caleb Livingston (Drexel Hill, Pa.) competed at 157. True freshmen Devon Bentley (Shippensburg, Pa.) and Cody Law (Windber, Pa.) competed unattached at the event. Law went 3-2 with a major at 157 while Bentley went 1-2 at 141.
Penn State returns to action on Sunday, Jan. 12, when the Lions welcome Purdue to Rec Hall for an already sold-out 2 p.m. showdown, returning home for the first time in nearly a month.
With the full season of Rec Hall duals sold out prior to the start of the campaign, a very limited number of standing room only tickets are available to a few of the remaining Rec Hall duals. People may purchase tickets by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting the Penn State Athletics ticket office located in the BJC. Fans are encouraged to follow Penn State wrestling via twitter at www.twitter.com/pennstateWREST and on Penn State Wrestling's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pennstatewrestling. The 2013-14 Penn State Wrestling season is presented by The Family Clothesline.